Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage - Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Massage Therapy Training Package Qualifications and related Units of Competency to align to the changing duties of existing and future job roles for all Massage Therapists.
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Status - Closed for Feedback

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Draft 1 consultation is now open for the following updated Qualification and Units of Competency:

Qualifications:

  • HLT62021 Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (New)
  • Units of Competency:

    • HLTMSG019 Perform advanced remedial massage assessments (New)
    • HLTMSG020 Provide advanced remedial massage treatments (New)
    • HLTMSG021 Apply advanced remedial massage clinical practice (New).
    • Consultation Activities and Timelines

      National consultation on Draft 1 will take place from Monday, 07 June 2021 and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, 25 June 2021. A Consultation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 1 Training Package Products, is available for download at the bottom of this page.

      Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.

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      Consultation Activities: Draft 1

      A series of webinars will be held along with access to SkillsIQ’s Online Feedback Forum page.

      Date                                                          Time
      Webinar 1: Wednesday, 9 June 2021  11:00am–12:00pm AEST - closed
      Webinar 2: Tuesday, 15 June 2021      1:00pm–2:00pm AEST - closed
      Webinar 3: Tuesday, 22 June 2021      11:00am–12:00pm AEST - closed

      Please click here to view the webinar slides.

      Further Information

      For more information, or to discuss, please contact Patrick Cummings at patrick.cummings@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100 or 0429 600 586.

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Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage - Draft 1 Consultation Guide

Recent Comments

Graeme De Goldi 25.06.2021

"Well summised Marijke. It would be very, very hard for Regional RTO's."

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Alexander C Rossie 25.06.2021

"Phil Morrison is an ignoramus, i wouldn't waste energy being outraged by his bumbling expression. If therapists really are suffering shame or some sort of inferiority complex because of the title of the profession, then maybe they should consider training in something else that they feel better describes what they feel they do, such as chiropractic, or osteopathy, or physiotherapy, or exercise physiology or acupuncture and leave massage. Those of us proud to be massage therapists can then get on with the job of developing an advanced diploma of massage therapy, preferably as a pathway to a tertiary qualification in massage. As a a practitioner of 39 years I feel no need to re-brand what I do. The qualification is remedial massage., not remedial therapy, not myotherapy, not soft tissue therapy. To try and call it by any other name only muddies the water, both for remedial massage and for whatever it is anybody else wants to call themself."

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Alexander C Rossie 25.06.2021

" If therapists are suffering shame or some sort of inferiority complex because of the title of the occupation/profession, then they should go and train in something else that they feel better describes what they feel they do, such as chiropractic, or osteopathy, or physiotherapy, or exercise physiology or acupuncture and leave massage. I remember reading some correspondence from Brian Tritton about 26 years ago where he expressed the hope that this new thing "myotherapy" that he was creating would be a course as good as the NSW TAFE Associate Diploma of Health Science (Massage Therapy) that he had modelled his myotherapy course on. No difference with the then NSW TAFE qualification. Later, dry needling was added - at last, a point of difference! If Myotherapy is different to remedial massage , what about it developing its own scope of practice differentiating itself from massage therapy and create its own VET qualification distinct from massage, rather than piggy-backing on the good name of remedial massage. This would show that myotherapy was growing-up, coming of age and maturing as a distinct profession because it could stand on its own two feet independent of massage. This would allow those of us proud to be massage therapists to get on with the job of developing an advanced diploma of massage therapy, preferably as a pathway to a tertiary qualification in massage. As a a practitioner of 39 years I feel no need to re-brand what I do. The qualification is remedial massage., not remedial therapy, not myotherapy, not soft tissue therapy. To try and call it by any other name only muddies the water, both for remedial massage and for whatever it is anybody else wants to call themself."

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Alexander C Rossie 25.06.2021

"Probably the best comment on here! Thank you Dr Meikin Rees for encapsulating all the concerns this Adv Dip in its current proposed form raises! And also that it is a massage qualification, not some opportunity for re-branding of massage."

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Marijke Gibbons 25.06.2021

"I would like to lend support to the many other comments throughout this feedback forum which express uncertainty and confusion at this new qualification currently. I am unclear how this is distinct and different from, or a value-add to the new diploma updates and do not see the benefit to therapists in completing this qualification in relation to job outcomes. The duplication of some of the core and elective units between diploma and advanced diploma mean that a student could ask for a bunch of CT's into the adv dip if they have already done units at the diploma level. There is no opportunity to learn or extend with this. My overall feel of reading the various proposed units at the moment is that this qualification wants an "advanced therapist" to have an incredibly wide and diverse range of specialised knowledge and skills. A lot of the demographic/ client groups listed in the proposed adv dip units are already being addressed at the diploma level. I am unsure how going over much of this content again results in an advanced understanding of these criteria. I am not sure this is a worthwhile qualification to pursue under the proposed model. In regional areas it may also be difficult to source suitably qualified specialist teachers to teach this information, or gain enough access to the types of specialised settings and clients which are required for some sections of this training. My own thoughts of an "advanced therapist" (not that it has occurred to me to use this term on them) is that an "advanced therapist" is more specialised in specific areas of interest and therefore has "advanced" knowledge and skills in their focus area. This has usually been achieved by devoting considerable amounts of their time to specialised PD courses on specific areas as this is how they become so "advanced" in their own target area of interest (and usually develop their own target market group). I also feel that an "advanced therapist" is one who has been in industry for a long time and learnt a lot through experience in practice and so many, many years of professional development activities across a broad range of topics, this could be difficult to teach in a 12 - 18 months qualification. A diploma qualified therapist should have solid and broad understanding to address the range of clients who come through their practice doors, the more they practice the more "advanced" they become through experience. Currently diploma graduates who want further training or want to upgrade to a higher qualification can enrol into the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy (Vic qual) to gain a range of new ideas and ways of approaching and working with their clients. If they want more specific training in their own area of interest to become incredibly good at (or advanced in) their practice, they go to intensive and specialised training to learn this thoroughly with a trainer who is an expert in their field. Some of these kinds of courses can run for a year or more on just the one focus demographic or modality. Again, this proposed qual will be over faster than some of the specialised and advanced skills classes. Perhaps this new qualification needs to find a way to distinguish and differentiate itself from the diploma before moving further forward and needs more time than the current timeframe allowed to develop this qualification. I do not see the workplace advantage to this yet."

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